Champaign man arrested following theft of copper and brass fittings

UPDATED 4:15 p.m. Tuesday

URBANA— Urbana police arrested a Champaign man Monday in connection with the theft of copper and brass fittings from an Urbana school last week.

According to a police report, somebody took an estimated $11,000 worth of copper and brass fittings from a construction site at Prairie Elementary School, 2102 E. Washington St., U, after 3 p.m. Thursday.

Following the theft, Urbana police reached out to area recycling businesses to be on the lookout for somebody turning in a large amount of copper.

On Monday morning, personnel at Mack’s Twin City Recycling, 2808 N. Lincoln Ave., U, called police after a man brought in a large amount of copper and brass fittings to be recycled.

According to police, the material matched the description from the Prairie School theft.

Police arrested Verles Dewayne Bolton, 46, who listed an address in the 500 block of West Beardsley Avenue, Champaign, for burglary and took him to the Champaign County Jail.

Bolton, who was out on bond on two other pending burglary cases, pleaded innocent on Tuesday to two counts of felony theft.

Bolton's bond on this case was set at $7,500. His next court appearance was set for Jan. 29.

Urbana police Sgt. Andy Hewkin said the investigation is ongoing.

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